Thursday, February 6, 2014

STYLE: BeadeeBaby is having a Valentines Day Sale!

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Happy V-Day!

DIY: How to dye a play silk with Kool Aid

What do you do with play silks? the options are endless! You can build a fort, use them as capes, blankets, dresses.. For the small ones, play peekaboo! I put the small silks in an empty wipes box for my 1 year old to pull out. He loves it!

How to dye a play silk with Kool Aid

This is a very simple process. First, get your silks! I got mine from, who are probably the most affordable site for silks. The large Fire-y one in the picture is a Habotai scarf 8mm 35"x35" that costs $5.29, and the small ones are Habotai handkerchief 8mm 11"x11" - these come in a pack of 12 and cost $10.69! 

Next, get your kool aid packets. For color charts go here.

1. In a small pan, heat water with a nice splash of vinegar. The vinegar is going to be the fixative, thats whats going to make the color stay on the silk.
2. Soak the silk in this pan, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
3. In another pan, heat water with a splash of vinegar and your color of choice kool aid mix. let boil, then lower to simmer. 
4. Transfer the wet silk into the kool aid, and swirl around. You can use chopsticks, or tongs.
5. after a few minutes you will notice the water turning clear as the silk is soaking all the color. 
6. Once you reached your desired color, remove from pan.
7. Wash under cold water, until there is no more color coming out of the silk.
8. Hang to dry.
9. Once dry, you can iron the silk (low setting) to set the color in. But this is not a must.
10. Play!

BITE: Raw Veggie Crackers

Raw Veggie Crackers

½ Cup whole flax soaked in about 3/4 C of water (soak for 1 or more hours)
¼ Cup sunflower seeds
¼ Cup Pumpkin seeds
¼ Cup Sesame seeds
½ Cup ground flax
½ Cup Chopped bell pepper
½ Cup carrot pulp (leftovers from juicing) or very finely chopped 
½ Cup chopped tomato
1 Tbsp chopped green onion or about 1 green onion
2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 – 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning (or add any other herbs or spices you want)

Add veggies into food processor and process. scrape the edges of the food processor. You want the veggies to be broken down into small pieces. Add the spices, lemon juice and herbs. Process until well mixed. Add seeds and pulse to mix.
Pour this mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the soaked whole flax and the ground flax. Stir to mix well.
Spread mixture onto dehydrator trays. About 2.5 C per large tray (14×14). Do not spread too thick because then crackers will be a little chewy.
Dehydrate at 105 for about 7-8 hours. Check and see if they peel off teflex sheets without sticking too much. If they do then flip and put on mesh trays and dehydrate another 2 hours or more until they are dry and crispy. The length of dehydrating time varies a lot. 

BITE: Sprouted Lentil Cauliflower Burgers

Sprouted Lentil Cauliflower Burgers

2 cups sprouted lentils (how to sprout lentils)

2-3 cauliflower florets
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter/ghee if you're not vegan :) (I used CO)
sprinkle smoked paprika, himalayan salt, and black pepper

feel free to add your favorite spices! 

Put everything in a blender or food processor, until gets a mushy consistency. Some lentils can stay whole, thats fine.
Form in to patties, whatever size you'd like.
Warm some coconut oil on a skillet, medium heat
Fry until golden brown.
And eat!

You can serve this on a bun or lettuce wrap. Add your favorite toppings - Vegan mayo, slice of avocado, slice of tomato, anything goes. 

(Pictured: Ezekiel sprouted bread, vegan mayo, grainy mustard, avocado, and a burger patty)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BITE: How to sprout lentils

How to sprout lentils

In a bowl or glass mason jar - fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the way full of clean, dry lentils. 

Cover with filtered water and allow to soak, overnight for green/brown lentils or for a couple hours for orange lentils. 

After soaking, rinse throughly, and allow to drain.

If you used a bowl for soaking, transfer to mason jar now. I use a cheese cloth and the rim of the lid that fits onto a wide mouth mason jar to sprout. 

Repeat rinsing a couple times every day until sprouted as desired.
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